We do this every night at dinner!


Ok, that’s actually a lie. Not EVERY night. But we sure try. Sometimes we forget and sometimes we forget for like a week in a row but then sometimes we remember every night and will do it for a month straight. Either way, it is such an easy way to get your kids talking and sharing about their day. Even if you don’t have kids, I think it’s a pretty neat way to get interesting dialogue happening with someone. So WHAT IS IT you are now yelling at the screen!!! 🙂

It’s called Rose, Thorn, Bud. I didn’t make up the name and truthfully, I don’t even remember where I heard it, but I love it!! Rose, Thorn, Bud goes like this…say Daddy starts and he says, “Rose, Thorn, Bud Mommy, GO!” So this is how mine would go tonight:

My rose is I got a cake pop today at Starbucks and it was super yummy! Yay!

My thorn is that I stepped in Winchester’s GINORMOUS puddle of pee this morning…barefoot! Ugh! (The rest of the family usually boo’s at the thorn which is kinda fun!)

My bud is that I am super excited to give a Breast Cancer speech this week to a group of fellow survivors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta!

Then I pick my next person and say Rose, Thorn, Bud, INSERT NAME, go!

Easy peasy right?!

Maybe you do something similar but if don’t and you’re looking for something different to do at dinner time, try it! I love Luna’s Rose, Thorn, Bud because her rose always involves something sodinner3
sweet and easy like, ‘I watched a Disney movie!” or “I played with Grayson, Jackson and Felix” (which is how she always says their names…together) and she most always says, “I have no thorn” which makes me happy. It is also such a great way to get our ten year old to tell us about her day. I learn more about my family when we do this and I love it.

If you try it or already do something similar, let me know in the comments below!

XO Surviving Mommy

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  • Robin says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. I’m totally doing this. Thank you for sharing. Oh- but what is the bud? Something you’re excited is going to happen soon?

  • Cindy says:

    We are trying to share “Highs and Lows”. It’s part of Faith 5, which has 5 steps: 1) share highs and lows 2) read a Bible verse 3) talk about how the Bible verse relates to your highs and lows 4) pray for one another’s highs and lows and 5) bless one another. It’s a process that was used in my older daughter’s confirmation class last year, and the kids really got into it. We rarely remember to even start the process and rarely get past #1, but it’s important to get everyone talking. Plus, sometimes a low doesn’t feel so low when you say it aloud. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley Davis says:

    So going to try this! Thanks for sharing!!! Xoxo

  • Robert Lee Mann says:

    Sounds good. How do you survive in a world that may not approve of you, or be what it seems? Any thoughts?

    • I try to rely on my Faith in God and trusting in Jesus. That is the truth. I also try and surround myself with people who don’t judge me as maybe the rest of the world might. I try to uplift others so that they will know they are loved and hopefully love me in return. I hope that helps a little Robert! 🙂

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